“We are here today because we believe that the struggle of Filipinos during that time did not end. As youth, we have a role to continue that not only for our future but for the next generation as well.”
Marking the 30th year since the toppling of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, progressives say elite rule still governs the country and the Filipino people’s fight for genuine change continues.
“What was restored 30 years ago and continues to this day are only the trappings of elite democracy – periodic elections, Congress and a Constitution that guarantees civil liberties. The people demand more than that. They demand genuine freedom and democracy that goes beyond the mere holding of elections.”
A gathering of martial law activists and victims pledged to keep retelling their painful stories, so the younger generation would not let these happen again.